Are you thinking of buying or adopting  a dog?  Well, you need to know that about 7 million pets end up in shelters each year. Where could the problem be?  It all starts with buying a dog without appreciating all that goes into caring for it.  In essence, it is like adding another member to the family, which calls for a lot of commitment and responsibility.  To avoid adding yet another animal to the shelter kingdom, why not answer these top 10 questions before you decide to get a dog.  Also, platforms such as AllDogBreedsOnline.com offer crucial details on all dog breeds.

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  • Are you ready for a long-term commitment?  You need to assess your lifestyle before thinking of bringing a dog home.  You must be ready to dedicate a lot of time to your dog through walks, feeding and grooming.
  • Who do you live with?  Your living partners must be involved in making a decision about any type of pet.  If you live with family, make sure the members accept the responsibility that comes with having a dog around all of the time.
  • Why do you need a dog?  Before making any decision on buying a dog, ask yourself what you really need from it.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) cites this as the reason most pets end up in shelters, as owners did not consider whether they needed a pet or a dog to offer security.
  • Which dog breed?  Are you looking for an affectionate pet or just a companion in the house?  Do you have time for slow training or do you want a collie that learns fast?  Do you care about appearances or will a Bulldog do?  All these factors must be considered, lest you buy a dog that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.
  • Can you afford the cost?  Adopting a dog is not the end of the deal but actually the beginning. Your dog will cost you in terms of food, medical care and grooming.  What’s more, there might be regulatory fees related to pet ownership in your area.  Make sure you consider all these before jumping in.
  • Where do you live?  Location is vital when deciding whether to get a dog.  For instance, you might live in an apartment where pet policies are not favorable.  In addition, your space might be too small and your dog could cause mayhem every time it gets excited.
  • What is the dog’s story?  Make sure you probe into the history of the particular dog you want. This will assure you that it does not pose any safety or medical risk for your family.  What’s more, you want to learn about its behavior, training, vaccine history and all other details
  • How often do you travel?  This again has to do with your lifestyle.  If you will be out a lot, you need to identify a neighbor who can help take care of your dog.
  • What is the age of the dog?  This is important because of training.  Younger dogs are easier to train and they will gradually adapt to your family’s lifestyle.
  • What’s the dog’s lifespan?  This is crucial if you intend to keep the dog for the long-haul.  The Pomeranian, Australian, Scottish Collie, Toy Manchester Terrier, New Guinea Singing dog, and the Chihuahua are among the longest living dog breeds.

A dog can enhance your home’s livability, so why not add it to your family!

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